The Muldoon or Meldon Family

Muldoon or Meldon family crest

(Crest No. 53. Plate 23.)

THE Muldoon family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Fiacha Baiceda, son of Cathire More, or Cathire the Great, King of Ireland, A. D. 144. The ancient name was Maoilduin, which means “Governor of Fort.”

Muldoon or Meldon family crest

(Crest No. 247. Plate 59.)

The possessions of the sept were located in the present County of Roscommon. The O’Muldoons, Anglicized Meldon, were also chiefs of Muintir Maolduin and Feara Luirg, now known as the barony of Lurg, in the County of Fermanagh. Clans of this name were also settled in Mayo and Sligo. The Muldoons were likewise chiefs of Eoganacht Aine, now the parish of Knockaney, in the barony of Small County, County of Limerick.

The O’Muldoons in the barony of Lurg, in the north of Fermanagh, are still numerous, but are somewhat reduced from the high and powerful position they once occupied.

Another branch of the same family, settled in the County of Roscommon, were descended from Earca, son of Olliol Molt, King of Ireland, A. D. 463.